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The Private Life of a Nation in Crisis: A Study on the Politics in/of Greek Television Fiction
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3872-5096
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The private life of a nation in crisis offers in-depth studies of the fictional reconstruction and negotiation of moments of heightened societal tension that take place throughout the life of a nation. Its constituent papers focus on the role of television fiction in representing and shaping either critical moments, events, or periods that disrupt the normal pace of life, or unresolved societal tensions that become part of everyday life. What is more, the papers investigate the socio-cultural consequences of representations, in terms of the interpretative lenses television fiction provides for understanding the events as such. The empirical focus is placed on television fiction produced and broadcast in Greece, a country that has recently received a large share of publicity because of its protagonistic role in the late 2000s Eurozone crisis and, at the same time, a media landscape with multiple aspects that still remain uncharted. The thesis contains case studies from different periods of Greek television fiction, from 1989 – the year of the launch of the first private channels in Greece – onwards, in an attempt to connect the overall project to the production context characterizing commercial television, another aspect of European television in the process of continuous exploration. Through a close analysis of specific television programmes, as well as a complementary study of the production culture of private television in Greece, this thesis aspires to contribute to the general question regarding the role of the media in critical, uncertain, or tumultuous times, with an emphasis on television fiction’s potential to recode their meaning and to reflect back on society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gothenburg: Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Gothenburg , 2018. , p. 160
Keywords [en]
politics, television fiction, private television, critical times, Greece
National Category
Social Sciences Media Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-82800ISBN: 9789188212757 (print)ISBN: 9789188212771 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-82800DiVA, id: diva2:1437268
Available from: 2020-11-16 Created: 2020-06-09 Last updated: 2020-11-16Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. All good people have debts: Framing the Greek crisis in television fiction
Open this publication in new window or tab >>All good people have debts: Framing the Greek crisis in television fiction
2018 (English)In: Crisis and the media: narratives of crisis across cultural settings and media genres / [ed] Marianna Patrona, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018, p. 107-126Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Building on the notion of the Greek crisis as a discursive event and revisiting theories about the sociocultural role of television fiction, this chapter introduces the latter as a framing mechanism through which events of the social world are defined and assessed. By uncovering the dominant interpretative frames underlying the story, setting, characters and plot of the popular Greek television comedy Piso Sto Spiti (MEGA channel, 2011–2013), this analysis illustrates television fiction’s contribution to the construction of the root causes of the crisis as tied to the cultural traits of Greeks, the impossibility of change and the futility of an alternative, left-wing consideration of the crisis, as well as an attempt to morally assess the situation at hand.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018
Series
Discourse approaches to politics, society and culture, ISSN 1569-9463 ; 76
Keywords
Greek crisis, framing, television fiction, Piso Sto Spiti, ideology
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-81853 (URN)10.1075/dapsac.76.06ait (DOI)2-s2.0-85062664925 (Scopus ID)9789027200341 (ISBN)9789027264428 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-05-14 Created: 2020-05-14 Last updated: 2020-11-16Bibliographically approved
2. Domesticating pathogenies, evaluating change: the Eurozone crisis as a ‘hot moment’ in Greek television fiction
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Domesticating pathogenies, evaluating change: the Eurozone crisis as a ‘hot moment’ in Greek television fiction
2018 (English)In: Media, culture & society, ISSN 0163-4437, Vol. 40, no 7, p. 957-972Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates how the Eurozone crisis is thematically negotiated in a popular Greek television comedy. Inspired by the increasing interest in the ideological role of news media during the Eurozone crisis of the late 2000s, it turns the spotlight on the sphere of entertainment in an attempt to address the importance of fictional mediations and meaning-making processes. To that end, it proposes an understanding of television fiction as an accommodator and shaper of ‘hot moments’, instigating processes of self-assessment and evaluation of change. More specifically, the study examines the ways in which the family comedy Piso sto Spiti (MEGA Channel, 2011–2013) provides culturally based understandings of the Eurozone crisis by depicting it as associated with inherent flaws of the modern Greek and by assessing the possibility of change through a juxtaposition with national ‘others’. At the same time, it identifies ways that ideology leaks from television fiction in its interaction with other media discourses simultaneously circulating within a society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
change, Eurozone crisis, Greece, hot moment, identity, Piso sto Spiti, television fiction
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-81852 (URN)10.1177/0163443717734403 (DOI)000444979000001 ()2-s2.0-85053618130 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-05-14 Created: 2020-05-14 Last updated: 2020-11-16Bibliographically approved
3. Laughing with / at the national self: Greek television satire and the politics of self-disparagement
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Laughing with / at the national self: Greek television satire and the politics of self-disparagement
2017 (English)In: Social Semiotics, ISSN 1035-0330, E-ISSN 1470-1219, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 68-82Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study engages with the cultural consequences of the self-disparaging politics of television satire. It focuses on an emblematic program of Greek television fiction, Oi Afthairetoi (MEGA channel, 1989–1991) and the ways it both constructs and ridicules a particular version of the Greek self, the “Neoellinas”. By proposing a wider understanding of the political side-effects of television satire, which have so far been mainly addressed within the study of political satire, it turns the attention toward the role of satirical discourse in a public’s view on its national self in times of change or transition. More specifically, while it recognizes the contradictory impact that satire can have on society, it applies the concept of “satiric misfire” as a means to understand satirical endeavors which reinforce rather than counter the problematics they set out to fight against in the first place.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017
Keywords
Television satire, national identity, Neoellinas, irony, Greece, Oi Afthairetoi
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-81849 (URN)10.1080/10350330.2017.1408893 (DOI)000456210000005 ()2-s2.0-85035319724 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-05-14 Created: 2020-05-14 Last updated: 2020-11-16Bibliographically approved
4. Making TV fiction in a commercial context: The case of Greek private television.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making TV fiction in a commercial context: The case of Greek private television.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-87394 (URN)
Available from: 2020-11-16 Created: 2020-11-16 Last updated: 2020-11-16Bibliographically approved
5. Authorship potentialities in Greek television fiction: The social dramas of Manousos Manousakis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Authorship potentialities in Greek television fiction: The social dramas of Manousos Manousakis
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-87395 (URN)
Available from: 2020-11-16 Created: 2020-11-16 Last updated: 2020-11-16Bibliographically approved

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